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Upcoming Research Workshops!

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Crown Library not only brings you one but THREE accredited free research workshops available to all current Dominican students, faculty and staff this week!

The research workshops are as follows: 

Monday, September 15th, 4:00-5:15 p.m. (Zotero)

During this workshop you will engage and learn how to use the Zotero free online resource, which allows you to manage all your research sources by automatically collecting citations on the web, create bibliographies as well as share references with your fellow team members.

Wednesday, September 17th 4:00-5:15 p.m. (Google) 

Learn how Google works and how it customizes search results, use the advanced search to find reliable information more quickly, explore Google Scholar and Google Books, and discover alternative search engines.

Thursday, September 18th 4:00-5:15 p.m. (Prezi) 

Engage with Prezi where you will learn how to create interactive online presentations from Prezi templates.

Saturday, September 19th, 4:00-5:15 p.m. (Zotero Webinar) 

Collect citations automatically on the web, store citations on your own computer as well as on the web, create bibliographies and share references with your co-author(s) or team members.

 

 

Please register at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled research workshop and arrive promptly to Crown 111 to be amazed. 

Future opportunities to attend a workshop this semester visit here. 

Online Zotero Workshops July 15 and August 2nd

Crown Library is offering two more online Zotero workshops this summer, perfect for off-campus students.

  • Zotero is a free, online tool that lets you manage all your research sources—articles, books, and web sites—in one place and easily create bibliographies and in-text citations.
  • It lives in your browser so you can quickly add sources as you find them.
  • Final workshops of the summer are:

Tuesday, July 15, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 2, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Register using the links above and you will get an email with the link to the online classroom two days before your workshop.

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1893: End of the Trolley Line

The featured picture above is of the end of the trolley line from Oak Park, Illinois composed by Fredrick Childe Hassam. This canvas painting was completed with an impressionistic style dated back to 1893, of what is currently the end of the CTA Green Line.

Living in today’s society with all the hustle and bustle, there is no question as to why during our commutes from point A to point B we occupy time by listening to music, clearing our minds or making list of things to do. Sometimes, taking a step back and embracing the surroundings or to imagine how bus stops and intersections looked like a decade or even a century ago is not always first on our lists. Thanks to Melody O., Class of 2015, she helped those previewing this painting to take a step back to over a century ago to 1893.  Boy how times have changed!

Image from: http://www.wikiart.org/en/childe-hassam/end-of-the-trolley-line-oak-park-illinois

Google’s Homepage Features Brazil’s Painted Streets

From Google – “Every four years, Brazilians come together to show their love for soccer by painting their streets. This year, they’re sharing it with the world. You can create photo spheres of where you’re celebrating the World Cup with the new Google Camera app for Android.”

View the Painted Streets of Brazil

From a library standpoint– this is a fun example of the value of properly aggregated/indexed crowdsourcing.

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National Yo-Yo Day

Prior to the increase popularity of cellphones, laptops and technology for that matter, a childhood classic toy was the yo-yo. As simplistic and effortless as a yo-yo may seem,  it was without a doubt the occupation of most childhood free time, along with dolls and toy trucks.

Today is the perfect day to reminisce in those yo-yo memories because June 6th is National Yo-Yo day! Why June 6th you may ask? June 6th was declared National Yo-Yo day because today is believed to be Donald Duncan Sr.’s  birthday. Donald Duncan Sr. was not the first person to begin yo-yo production but after seeing its captivation of children attention he took the lead in the production and design of yo-yo’s since 1931.

I’m sure somewhere in the application world,  a yo-yo app has already been designed, but lets enjoy this flashback moment to remember all the tricks and spins we had learned on our yo-yo.

Learn more about your childhood toy,  the yo-yo

Image from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yoyo_patent_1866.png

 

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Bing in the Classroom Offers #AdFreeSearch to Schools

By: Bryan Deziel

For the past two decades, the use of technology in the classroom has been an increasingly tricky one.  The Internet provides access to a seemingly endless wealth of information and resources for education; however, this wealth is accompanied by an almost equal expanse of dark alleys full of seedy and inappropriate content.  We have also become painfully aware in recent years that the technology that we use every day can (and perhaps is) being used to pry into every detail of our personal lives.  Balancing access to the benefits of the Internet and other technologies for students while protecting them and their privacy is a daily challenge and source of debate for educators and librarians.  However, Microsoft’s Bing has recently created a program aimed at helping schools address these concerns.

The program, aptly named Bing in the Classroom, encourages student engagement in the classroom by eliminating the distraction of advertisements when students in the classroom use Bing to search the web.  In addition to ad-free searching, the service filters out inappropriate adult content and protects students’ privacy by not using student searches to create personalized advertising profiles.  The program also provides an avenue for schools to receive free Microsoft tablets.  Users of Bing can sign up with the program and earn credits whenever they are using Bing.  These credits can then be donated to a school of their choice.  Schools receive a Microsoft tablet every time they accumulate a certain number of credits (the first one at 30,000).

Find more information about this free program at: http://www.bing.com/classroom/showsupport

Image from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BingHomepage2013.png